What’s Hot in Music This Month: New Albums, Local Concerts
Usher and Jennifer Lopez drop new records and Boyz II Men and Mitski perform in Boston
Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column, What’s Hot in Music This Month.
As a new semester gets underway, the sidewalks up and down Comm Ave are bustling again. So is the music scene: February is packed with exciting album releases and don’t-miss local concerts. Usher releases a new album just days before his Apple Music Super Bowl halftime show performance, and Zara Larsson delivers more pop perfection with her new album Venus. Plus, Boyz II Men and Mitski take the stage at MGM Music Hall at Fenway in separate concerts. Without further ado, here are some of the biggest new albums and concerts coming to you this month.
Boyz II Men
The iconic boy band, now more than 40 years old, is one of the most famous musical acts in the world. Their iconic harmonies and emotional ballads have garnered them legions of fans and four Grammy awards. The trio—baritone Nathan Morris and tenors Wanyá Morris and Shawn Stockman—are still at the top of their game, and they’re bringing their timeless sound to the MGM Music Hall at Fenway stage this month.
A Tinashe performance is like no other. The pop-R&B songstress is known for bringing her show-stopping choreography to every concert, punctuating her infectious tracks with dancing that’s as impressive as it is entertaining. Happily for us, she’s bringing her talents to the Royale stage this month in support of her 2023 album BB/Ang3l, a project that Pitchfork hails “as stylish and focused as a runway walk.”
The reclusive superstar is taking over MGM Music Hall at Fenway for a jaw-dropping four-show run. Fresh off the release of her seventh studio album, 2023’s This Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We, Mitski once again proves that she can create heart-crushing music and live performances that are half music and half performance art. She’s truly a once-in-a-generation artist, and Boston fans have a chance to see her incredible artistry in person.
Following the release of her third studio album, Stellaria, Connecticut native Chelsea Cutler is hitting the road for her The Beauty Is Everywhere tour. After drawing a devoted fanbase with her 2017 song “Your Shirt,” Cutler has gone on to create beautiful indie pop records that showcase a talented lyricist who has her finger on the social pulse. Here is an artist whose work gets better and better with every album. And fans who have seen her perform live know that her music truly comes alive when she’s on stage, so get your tickets now.
Make way for indie pop’s newest superstar. Ryan Beatty, who has previously collaborated with Tyler, the Creator, and the band Brockhampton, is coming to the Big Night Live stage in support of his 2023 album, Calico. The 28-year-old singer-songwriter’s music is a sweeping and beautiful ode to love and maturity, accented with his signature layered harmonies. Don’t miss this show, which is sure to leave you crying and dancing at the same time.